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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What was the Metropolitan Local Government Review?
  2. Who was on the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel?
  3. Why was the Review necessary?
  4. What consultation was undertaken?
  5. What will happen now the Review is complete?
  6. Where can I get more information?

What was the Metropolitan Local Government Review?

The Review was an independent analysis of the local government structure and boundaries of the Perth metropolitan area.

The Review was announced by the Minister for Local Government in June 2011, and concluded in July 2012 with the presentation of the Panel’s final report to the Minister.

As per the Terms of Reference, the report presented the Minister with a series of recommendations about local government in metropolitan Perth.

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Who was on the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel?

The Panel comprised:
  • Emeritus Professor Alan Robson (Chair), former Vice Chancellor, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Peter Tannock, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
  • Dr Sue van Leeuwen, Chief Executive Officer, Leadership WA
To find out more view the Panel Members page.

The Panel was supported by two Advisory Groups who provided expert advice on local government and planning issues.

The Panel concluded its work in July 2012.

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Why was the Review necessary?

The Review was called to examine Perth’s local government system, which has 30 separate local governments, each with their own system to manage important tasks such as planning, infrastructure management, care for the environment and community capacity building. Each has its own Mayor (or President), council of elected members, Chief Executive Office and staff.

The system was set up in the late 19th century, and has changed relatively little despite the large number of changes that have occurred since then to the economy, the environment, our society, and technology. Over time there have been minor changes and realignments of boundaries, but little significant change.

Perth has a growth rate above the national average, and needs to be prepared for the future by planning ahead.

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What consultation was undertaken?

The Panel released the Issues Paper in October 2011 and its Draft Findings in April 2012 for public comment, and received over 250 and 195 submissions on each respectively. It held three public forums and one local government forum. It also met individually with various stakeholders including local governments, State government agencies, community groups and other organisations. The Panel considered the information presented to it during the consultation phase and incorporated it into its Final Report to the Minister.

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What will happen now the Review is complete?

The Panel made its recommendations to the Minister for Local Government in July 2012. Any response to the report will be made by Government.

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Where can I get more information?

The work of the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel is now complete. Contact the Department of Local Government for more information.

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Updated: 4 October 2011 / Page Contact: Contact Metro Review
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